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  • Ever had something you wish you could get back?

    Sansui AU-919 integrated amplifier - I picked this up in the 70s ago overseas. It was very highly regarded by the twidgets (various specialty electronics technicians) many of whom were enthusiasts, some of whom built their own equipment. Major military bases overseas once had "audio clubs", in effect a very large retailer that was also a hangout. A lot of equipment could be compared.

    It was a full featured unit, switchable tone controls with switchable center frequency, balance control, subsonic filter, tape loop etc. It had one little switch up front which converted it from 110 wpc A/B to 10 watt A. A very flexible unit. Don't get me wrong, I thought it sounded fine in A/B. In A it was every bit as detailed yet had a smoothness to the sound that was exceptional. Great on small music. Over the years I auditioned a lot of equipment, only occasionally tempted for a change.

    Unfortunately after many years one of the transistors failed. The transistors were Sony flat pack V-fets that were also used by a few other manufacturers. Unfortunately Sony had long since discontinued production, no replacements available. At that point there were no integrated amplifiers that offered all those features, of equivalent quality, at a price point I could afford. I muddled along with other temporary equipment until I could go the separates route so that the failure of one unit or other wouldn't leave me entirely dead in the water.

    I am aware of the issues many have with some of the Japanese equipment from the era. IMO, this wasn't one of those. I especially wish it was still around for comparison purposes just to judge progress.

  • #2
    My youth.

    Rockport Aquila, Boulder 2010, Boulder 2008, Boulder 2060, Transparent Audio Reference XL, Nordost Quantum QBase8, TW Acustic AC Anniversary, TW Acustic Raven 10.5 arm, Lyra Atlas, Bricasti M1 Special Edition, SRA Scuttle3 rack + various SRA/Symposium stands


    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      You guys are a tough audience!

  • #3
    My stamina!
    Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables


    • #4
      ADS L810 II - Didn't have these for long. Unfortunately I was bitten by the upgrade bug and went for a shinier newer speaker Unfortunately some of the "detail" of the new speaker ended up being grating in the long term. I started to jones for another pair of 810 IIs but by that time they were no longer available.

      Their performance was brought home years later when I was looking for some LPs in a shop by Houston. They had a pair of 810 IIs hooked up for their listening rather than any of the new speakers on display. Seems like they liked the relaxed presentation for all day listening too.


      • #5
        Equipment wise, my old Acoustat Monitors. The old Acoustats with the Servo Charge amps were magic in their own way, and they lost that when they switched to the transformers in later models.
        ​Other than that, my youthful athleticism.i miss 100 mile days on my bike, I miss playing and coaching hockey. I miss golfing. I'd trade in a lot of stuff for a fully functioning back.
        Steve Lefkowicz
        Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
        Analog: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 19a, iPhono2; Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Sumiko Pearl, iFi iPhono.
        Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 26, Tidal HiFi and Qobuz Studio), iFi iDAC2, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2.
        Electronics: Burson Conductor Virtuoso, DIY switch-box with TKD 10K pot, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso, Jolida JD1000P, B&K ST140.
        Speakers: Tekton Double Impact, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7, ELAC Debut2 B6.2, Debut F5 and Debut B6, Emotiva Airmotiv B1, Sound Dynamics 300ti.
        Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Nordost Solar Wind, Audioquest Evergreen
        Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Nordost Solar Wind, Nordost Flatline, Audioquest Q2.
        Digital cables: Straightwire USB Link, Aural Symphonics Digital Standard xxv USB, Belkin PureAV.
        Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan racks, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Sound Organization speaker stands, Pangea Audio speaker stands, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
        Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More MK801, 1More Triple Driver IEM


        • Rust
          Rust commented
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          You know what they say about getting older, it's not for the faint of heart.

      • #6
        Originally posted by Steve Lefkowicz View Post
        Equipment wise, my old Acoustat Monitors. The old Acoustats with the Servo Charge amps were magic in their own way, and they lost that when they switched to the transformers in later models.
        ​Other than that, my youthful athleticism.i miss 100 mile days on my bike, I miss playing and coaching hockey. I miss golfing. I'd trade in a lot of stuff for a fully functioning back.
        This. Herniated disc here, which means I have a toothache in my butt and down my leg for years... :-(

        Equipment wise: my Audio Physic Virgo IIs. Loved them. A bit colored, but the imaging was unsurpassed IMO. I still look on Agon now and then for a used pair.
        Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s


        • #7
          Honestly can't think of anything. Just probably would like to get my old Nikko Gamma V tuner out of storage.
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor,

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.


          • Steve Lefkowicz
            Steve Lefkowicz commented
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            I have one of those in storage too. Also have a nice NAD tuner. Just found that I never used either of them.

        • #8
          maybe one of the Krell KSA-50 Mk IIs I owned, they wouldn't necessarily ring my bell nowadays (too reticent and dry sounding) its nostalgic. The 15 ohm Rogers LS3/5as I sold for $350, not because the're now worth $2000+ but because I don't want to pay that much to have them back. I can probably think of many more offers I had for gear that I passed up.
          Simon Yorke S10 + My Sonic Lab Eminent GL + B.M.C. MCCI Signature ULN | Simon Yorke S9 + Koetsu Rosewood Standard + AcousticPlan Phonomaster | Wadia X-32 | Innuous ZEN Mini Mk II | Valvet Soulshine2 | Linear Tube Audio ZOTL10 MkII | Avantgarde Uno Fino XD

          "One of the great challenges of this world: Knowing enough about a subject to think you are right, but not enough about the subject to know you're wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson


          • #9
            My Wadia 27ix and 270 that I got rid of at a loss because I felt the company was going under. Well, I think they actually did before the influx of cash.

            Also a pair of Apogee Mini Grand/Stage's and Infinity RS II's.... oh well.....
            Last edited by Bruce B; 03-01-2016, 01:31 AM.


            • #10
              My Unifield 3s. I loved those little guys